Featuring violinist Benjamin Baker
German Romantic composers drew their inspiration from Beethoven’s dramatic intensity and innovations beyond the norms of the Classical style, as well as from a burgeoning wave of nationalism. They developed a highly personal, emotional aesthetic while still adhering to the framework of traditional Classical forms. Experience one of the most iconic harbingers of this new style in Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5; a perfect balance of old and new in Felix Mendelssohn’s renowned Violin Concerto (featuring violinist Benjamin Baker); a descriptive tone poem based on Schiller’s drama The Bride of Messina by Robert Schumann; and the alternately brilliant and lyrical Euryanthe Overture by the Father of German Romantic opera, Carl Maria von Weber.